💕Why I’m in the P I N K this October 💕💕💕
Last month the beautiful and talented BBC commentator Rachael Bland @bigclittleme died, following a stoic and inspiringly brave battle with cancer. Although I never knew her personally, I found myself following her story closely and feeling huge compassion for her young son Freddie when she passed away.
Until now I’ve not spoken about this publicly, but cancer has been a big part of my world over the past few years and continues to be in the 6 monthly checks.
My mother has had breast cancer, and has now thankfully been given the all clear. Then, five years ago, after a routine smear test, to my out and out surprise I found out I had cervical. I found out on a routine smear test that I had abnormal cells, something that is hugely common in young women, when the next smear test came back with a very high count of abnormal cells my lovely gynaecologist decided it was worth taking away part of cervix.
I found out about my vulval cancer totally by chance, although obviously both are linked. Vulvar cancer is hugely rare amongst young women and was not actually something that I even new or had heard about. I had actually found a lump a year before and both my gynaecologist and my local GP had written this off as a skin tag and nothing to worry about. It was only when I was due to have my operation on my cervix that I asked if this could be removed. It was when this was routinely being checked after it was removed that they found out it was cancerous. I feel hugely lucky that this was caught early enough that I didn’t need further operations and it hadn’t spread further.
I’m now doing well, and I’m so aware that my experience has been nothing like the turbulent nightmare that Rachael and so many others have had to go through. My cells remain abnormal but not as high and I am lucky to have been looked after at the Royal Marsden - with every appointment a reminder of how lucky I am and how much I want to do whatever I can to support those on the cancer cold face.
I know we all lead hugely busy lives but we must remember to have smear tests and check ourselves. Even after all this, it still takes my sister having a go at me to remind me to go to my checks. As women we always come at the bottom of our to dolists, but please don’t let it, make it your priority.
October - your arrival means Breast Cancer Awareness month is H E R E and I want to do A L L we can to help women with the big C. As in previous years I’m partnering with @pinkribbonfoundation, which does the most immense job in supporting individual women with Breast Cancer and giving much-needed funds to charities working with breast cancer sufferers.
So, this month, when you spend £25 or more at EmmaLomax.com, £5 will go to @pinkribbonfoundation, and we will also send you a Lipstick Pop bag FREE to say thank you for getting behind this with us. For further details please read our terms and conditions.
Check out my stories to see the bag - and thank you in advance for helping reach out in the small way we can to women who truly need us. 💕🎀💕🎀💕🎀